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Episode 139: When student athletes play hard, who gets paid?

Nov 12, 2019

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Two presidents, a similar economy

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Aug 20, 2019
Washington Post correspondent Heather Long compiled a series of charts comparing the Trump and Obama presidencies.
A container ship unloads cargo from Asia at the Port of Long Beach in California. U.S. business leaders are concerned about the trade war.
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Alan Krueger, noted economist who served Obama, has died

by Associated Press Mar 19, 2019
Alan Krueger, a groundbreaking Princeton University economist who served as a top adviser in two Democratic administrations and was an authority on the labor market, has died.
Alan Krueger smiles while shaking hands with U.S. President Barack Obama after he nominated Krueger to be the next chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers August 29, 2011 at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C.
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Defrauded by a for-profit college? A new court ruling may help you cancel out your loan debt

by Ben Bradford Oct 17, 2018
Student loans are now only behind mortgages as a share of consumer debt.
Are you weighed down by student debt?
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Defrauded by a for-profit college? A new court ruling may help you cancel out your loan debt

by Ben Bradford Oct 17, 2018
Student loans are now only behind mortgages as a share of consumer debt.
Are you weighed down by student debt?
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Survivalist expos are drawing thousands

by Marketplace Contributor Mar 28, 2017
Prepper businesses have picked up after Trump's election. Self-reliance and fear are a few reasons why.
Customers check out survival gear, such as army backpacks, knives and freeze-dried food, at the National Preppers and Survivalists expo in Gonzales, Louisiana.
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Top U.S. gunmaker says sales will pick back up under Trump

by Jana Kasperkevic Feb 23, 2017
Sturm Ruger CEO Michael Fifer says owning firearms is 'more socially acceptable.'
The proprietor of this Merrimack, New Hampshire, gun store said his October 2016 sales were double that of 2015, with customers expressing anxiety about the November election.
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How do presidents make money after their terms end?

by Hayley Hershman Jan 20, 2017
They can't depend solely on their pension.
Memoirs and speaking tours are one of the ways presidents make big bucks out of office.
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Final Note

The economic threads of Obama's farewell speech

by Kai Ryssdal Jan 11, 2017
The president highlighted a growing U.S. economy but, as we know, that doesn't ring true for all Americans.
An attendee with a flag bandana made in China wait for Republican candidate for President Donald Trump to speak at a rally at Erie Insurance Arena on August 12, 2016 in Erie, Pennsylvania.
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Obama's economy: How did he do?

by Amy Scott Jan 10, 2017
In his farewell speech, Obama is likely to list the nation’s highs and lows.
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Election shows weakened labor support for the Democratic Party

by Mitchell Hartman Nov 14, 2016
Union households backed Hillary Clinton by narrower margins than President Barack Obama, and Donald Trump got more of their vote than his Republican predecessors.
Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally in Detroit.
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